Dolemite Is My Name [2019] ★★★

Simply put, “Dolemite is my Name” is one of Netflix’s finest movies. It gives Eddie Murphy the role of a lifetime, playing Rudy Ray Moore, the underground comedian who rose to fame in the 1970’s and inspired a generation of artists. This is Murphy’s territory, and he lets it bleed, giving a comeback performance that impressed even the naysayers. The 1970’s recreation is remarkably good, from costuming and hairstyles to the details of shooting a movie in a studio and on location. You simply can’t take your eyes off the screen. I had no idea what to expect from a biopic about a man I knew very little about, but this is why we go to the movies (or stream in this case). Murphy and his supporting cast bring this story to life with great attention to detail. The result is pretty damn irresistible. What’s more, it gave me a lot to think about, long after those credits started rolling. That’s as much as I could ask of any biopic.

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